- The Formula 1 Safety Car is prepared to offer a rapid response and is manned by up to three doctors, including the rescue coordinator.
- Occupying the rear seats are one or two local doctors, who come from a specialist clinic near the respective track.
- In the event of an incident, doctors can arrive at the scene of the accident very quickly to administer first aid immediately.
For this season of formula 1, the development engineers of the plant of affalterbach (town where AMG’s headquarters are) came up with something completely new: the traditional signage, which was located as a light bar on the roof of the vehicle, has been incorporated into the upper area of the windshield of the AMG GT Black Series.
All signaling functions are produced through LED lights
In the same vein, the taillights have been elegantly integrated into the rear spoiler. With this new design a careful aerodynamic balance is achieved. All signaling functions are produced through fast reacting and energy efficient LED lights.
At the front, three small orange light modules and one large green module are positioned on either side of the AMG logo, at the height of the sun visors. On the main upper wing of the rear spoiler there are 13 orange lights: Three on the outer edges on each side that glow steadily, and seven more lights in the center that flash when needed. There are also four other wider green LED modules.
Two tiny video cameras are installed in the spoiler strut on the right side and their images are displayed inside the car. One camera serves as an electronic rearview mirror for the passenger while the other transmits live TV images.
But, what do those security lights mean? Orange: As soon as the pace car goes into service, the orange LEDs light up. Those lights that flash in the center section at the rear and shine steadily on either side at the front mean you can’t overtake the pace car.
Green: If the AMG GT Black Series enters the track and activates the green lights this indicates to the drivers that they can overtake the pace car.
The Formula 1 safety car is prepared with special suspensions
The interior of the official Formula 1 safety car is the same as that of the AMG GT Black Series standard with Track Package optional that includes rollover protection. Lightweight roll cage made of bolted tubular titanium consists of a main frame, a belt fixing clamp, two rear clamps and a diagonal cross at the rear. The system further increases the vehicle’s already excellent rigidity and thus has a positive influence on the vehicle’s performance. It also improves passive safety.
The FIA sets a demanding job profile for the safety car: you must be able to guide the F1 cars safely around the track and in extreme situations. The pace car cannot be driven too slowly, as that could cause the Formula 1 cars’ tires and brakes to get too cold and their engines to overheat.
So the F1 safety car is prepared with special suspensions made by Affalterbach engineers, and with ceramic brakes high perfomance. The same applies to the aerodynamics with a large front apron, additional wings, a larger front splitter and the vertical cutting edge on the rear apron. Together with the two-bladed rear spoiler with an additional electronically controlled flap, the aerodynamics provide the AMG GT Black Series with optimal downforce and balance.
Acceleration and top speed are more than enough for the job. The standard production version of the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 325 km/h.
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+, new official F1 medical car
It is prepared to offer a quick response and it is manned by up to three doctors, including the FIA rescue coordinator. Occupying the rear seats are one or two local doctors, who come from a specialist clinic near the respective track.
During the first lap of each race, the medical car follows the group of vehicles because it is a critical phase of the competition. In the event of an incident, doctors can arrive at the scene of the accident very quickly to administer first aid immediately. During each race, the official F1 medical car waits in the pit lane alongside the safety car.
Rescuers stay firmly in place, even at high speeds, thanks to four individual seatswhich include six-point harnesses in the front seats and four-point harnesses in the rear.
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